Post-Masters Library Research Assistant

Los Alamos, NM
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Salary: $61,360
Created: March 15, 2023


What You Will Do

The Research Library at the Los Alamos National Laboratory seeks a forward-looking and outgoing paid Post-Masters Library Research Assistant, who enjoys promoting library resources and services to proactively develop and deliver responsive reference, research, and instructional support. The Research Library delivers essential knowledge services in support of the Laboratory's mission to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence. We do this by hiring highly talented people who deliver outstanding service.

This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM with the potential for a hybrid work arrangement (partially onsite/partially offsite) from a location within 2 hours ground commute of this location. Reporting onsite will be periodically required. The term of the appointment is 1 to 2 years.

The Post-Masters Library Research Assistant will help to provide core services to Laboratory staff, scientists, and engineers. We seek a versatile individual eager to help shape the future of the LANL Research Library and work collaboratively to develop and implement next-generation reference and library outreach services. In alignment with our mission and vision, the Research Library has adopted an Agile framework -- an iterative approach to project management -- to sustain its ability to deliver innovative and responsive services.

Specific tasks may include:
• Providing virtual reference support via chat, email, WebEx and/or in-person.
• Conducting orientations and workshops.
• Creating outreach/educational materials such as video tutorials, LibGuides, website content, blog posts, and print materials.
• Assisting with team projects that promote communication and open science in the digital age, such as: data inventorying project, metadata schema implementation in our research repository, assisting with ORCiD integration with key research workflows; and open access publishing
• Contributing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives and related engagement activities.
• Contributing to making scientific research and data outputs sharable and reproducible following the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)

We aggressively pursue new ideas, services, products, and approaches to satisfy research needs. The successful candidate is an adaptable individual who works collaboratively, embraces learning, and has a strong user focus in an Agile way. Lifelong learning is a core value and professional development activities are well supported.
In addition, Post-Masters Library Research Assistant has the option to participate in an Elsevier-sponsored library internship program designed to give participants experiences that advance the future of research libraries starting next Fall 2023. The internship will include a monthly cohort-based virtual meeting with other interns and funding for in-person attendance at a major national library conference. Participants do not need to be enrolled in an MLS program but may be any student or postgraduate interested in working in a library at a research institution.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

• Ability to use standard reference tools and databases, including online resources to fulfill customer reference requests
• Knowledge of key science resources and databases, such as Web of Science, SciFinder-n, and Scopus
• Background or experience indicating an ability to become proficient with data research tools such as Tableau, D3.js, R, and/or using Python for lab notebooks
• Experience or training in developing marketing materials (including newsletters, blog posts, data visualizations and promotional graphics) and online resources such as tutorials, point of need assistance, surveys, and guides
• Commitment to user-centered services and the ability to work and communicate effectively in a diverse and distributed team environment.

Education/Experience: Master's level degree awarded within the past three years but have not yet been accepted into another master's program or a PhD program, in information science, library science, or equivalent degree and experience.

Desired Qualifications:
• Background or experience in a scientific field (e.g. data science, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, biosciences, earth or environmental sciences, etc.) and/or a scientific research library or information center preferred.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

Note to Applicants:

Please submit:

• Current resume/CV

• Unofficial transcript (Full educational history, including transfer and test credits, if applicable; Enrollment/in-progress coursework for the current term; and GPA). Post-MS hires should provide final transcripts containing the aforementioned information, as well as their degree conferral date.

• Cover Letter addressing why you would like to work at the LANL Research Library, which kinds of projects excite you the most, and how working at LANL Research Library will help shape your career path. Applicants are encouraged to explain how their prior work and experiences relate to the qualifications in their application. What experience/skills would you like to come away with?

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
§ Dental and vision insurance
§ Free basic life and disability insurance
§ Paid childbirth and parental leave
§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
§ Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)
§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs
§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.


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Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 23:19 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 23:19 UTC